Malikk Harris (5) breaks up a Jackson Hail Mary to secure the 36-29 win for the Dogs on Friday. (Photo/Kim Holderfield)

Malikk Harris (5) breaks up a Jackson Hail Mary to secure the 36-29 win for the Dogs on Friday. (Photo/Kim Holderfield)

 

The Mary Persons Bulldogs will try to get back above .500 for the first time in 2019 with a home victory over Morrow at Dan Pitts Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

The Bulldogs, 1-1, recorded a much-needed win last Friday, outlasting Jackson 36-29 in an instant classic. MP surrendered a 22-point, second-half lead as the rival Red Devils knotted the game at 29-29 late in the fourth quarter. However, MP responded, as it so often has under head coach Brian Nelson, answering Jackson’s comeback with a 41-yard Rico Harden game-winning touchdown run on 4th-and-1 with just 19 seconds to play.

Now the Bulldogs will take on AAAAAA Morrow in what is expected to be MP’s most winnable contest of the year. MP walloped the Mustangs 62-12 in 2018, scoring touchdowns on all but one possession.

MP’s star running back, Harden, is off to a blazing start in 2019, having eclipsed 200 total yards in each of his first two games while scoring a total of five touchdowns. Harden could be in line for another huge night against the Mustangs, having scored a pair of long rushing touchdowns on his only two carries in last year’s blowout win.

Morrow has struggled mightily in recent years, but the Mustangs are coming off of one of their biggest wins in a while, thumping AAAAAA rival Forest Park 35-0 on Friday. The Mustangs were pounded 55-13 by Class A superpower Eagles Landing Christian in their season opener on Aug. 23. Morrow head coach Jerome Weaks is in his fourth season, having compiled an 11-21 record.

Morrow’s top player is senior running back/receiver Jimmy Calloway, a 5’11”, 166-pound three-star recruit who is committed to Tennessee. Calloway rushed for a pair of touchdowns in the Mustangs’ shutout of Forest Park.

Over the past 20 seasons, the hapless Mustangs have a 39-161 record and have had eight head coaches during that span. Morrow’s greatest success came in 1987 under coach Bud Theodocion when the Mustangs, led by future NFL receiver Andre Hastings, captured the AAAA championship with a 14-1 record.